THEAUSSIEWORD.COM special interview with Sara Berki.
How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?
I first found love for music at a very young age. In terms of the process and production of my own music, it started in March, 2021. I have always written my own music both composition and lyrics. I decided to record my music last year with Simon Johnson. I guess throughout the years, I had always wanted to make music and to have my music recorded, but it wasn’t until 2021 that I had started the process. I would watch video clips and listen to my favourite country artists and think to myself “I’d love to do that”. I think it was well worth the wait.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
I make music that I think I’d listen to if I weren’t Sara Berki. Music that doesn’t target any age group as such. Music that is easy to listen to! I truly just love the simplicity in story telling with country music. I try to keep all my songs quite traditional with a country twang in my voice, taking someone somewhere with the storyline of the song and I love to use traditional country instruments such as fiddle, banjo and pedal steel guitar. I really wanted to make music that would move and captivate people.
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish?
Recording a 5 track EP is probably my biggest achievement. I was lucky enough to make it into the Groundwater’s Top 10 finals. I performed at Tamworth Country Music Festival also just last week.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
There will be the release of the ” Heartline ” EP that I am so excited for. Each song on there is so different and I love this EP. Absolutely! I’d love to take the EP on tour. Possibly at the end of year for touring. I am looking at recording some new single releases for early next year.
Tell us a bit about your latest release ‘Fallin’ Off The Heartline’ and how would you best describe your music?
This single is about 2 people who may have had a connection/past love during their time in college. They bump into each other in the small hometown and it is a storyline of reminiscing. I think my music is easy to listen to. It’s catchy! It is modern country, although there are elements of traditional country and western (The instruments). I portray a very American-like story line.
Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?
I will have spurts where I will write 3 songs in a week and sometimes not even 1 in a month! I just think when it comes, it comes.
Success, what is the secret to it? I haven’t quite figured it out yet! But I’m determined. I would like to think the secret is making music that people will remember. Having a humbled and thankful personality that people will remember you for. You have to stay grounded. We are all just humans in this world.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
I listen to a lot of American country. So I would have to say Lainey Wilson, Robin Lyn Macy, Cam, Chris Stapleton. I love Alan Jackson, George Strait and I don’t go a day without listening to Eric Church.
Are there any new projects in the pipeline?
I have about 10 songs all ready for recording.
The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself in a few years?
I have a vision and a plan. I’d love to make music in the States in the next 4-5 years. That has always been my end goal in my music career. I see an album being recorded! And lot of shows. Wearing velvet bell bottom flares of course.
What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?
My favourite part would definitely be people loving your music and what you do! Seeing all the support is the most rewarding aspect. Least favourite would have to be the technical side of things. At the moment, I am self-managed. And I am the least tech-savvy person in the whole world so it can be a bit frustrating.
Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.
I love Travis Collins, Hayley Jensen, Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan and Hurricane Fall.
Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wishlist?
Not yet! I’d love to collaborate with Casey Barnes or Hayley Jensen.
What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Back yourself and just go for it. You can do it!
A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans?
Through social media, I always respond to messages. If I play at a gig, I will always make time to thank them for coming out to watch me!